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Context Matters: Why I Don’t Believe in Best Practices

Most every week I am out training or coaching with one or two companies around the world. So, I am exposed to how many different companies are applying agile development – sometimes successfully, other times not so much.

Since my clients know that I visit many different…

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Who Should Attend Scrum Meetings?

I am frequently asked who should attend the various Scrum meetings—sprint planning, daily scrums, sprint review, sprint retrospective, and product backlog grooming. My Essential Scrum book provides detailed answers to all of these questions. However, after numerous requests, I…

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Why Be Perfect Up Front When You Can Be Agile?

“We have to get it right before we start!” Sounds kind of waterfall-esque, doesn’t it? You’d think that the people saying this might be referring to getting their requirements right up front. But no! What they are referring to are the details of how they will apply agile not…

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Scope is the Antifragile Degree of Freedom

“Date, scope, and budget; choose any two!” I have heard that saying countless times—but it’s not precisely true.

It’s accurate to say that you can’t lock down all three variables on any interesting project/product-development effort and expect to succeed. Companies that…

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How Safe is Your Agile Environment?

Years ago I used a slide in my training class that said, “For an organization to be successful with Scrum, it needs to have a safe environment.”

I remember in one class, a few guys at the back of the room start laughing when I showed that slide. When I asked why, they said,…

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